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Pensions and the changing face of global mobility
Global organisations placed employees in an average of 13 locations in 1998, this increased to 22 by 2009 and is forecast to rise to 33 in 2020. Source: PWC Talent Mobility 2020
Both global mobility and employer sponsored pension schemes are undergoing great change. Expatriate numbers are on the increase, but the trend, at least amongst US and Western European companies, has been away from short-term assignments to longer-term placements. The main drivers of this change are cost reduction and the rise of talent from the emerging markets.
Multinationals still need to send their experienced and skilled people to countries where their business is expanding. Benefits remain high on the agenda of these mobile employees and employers must still meet pension needs, whether this is driven by employment contracts, a global benefits strategy or recruitment and retention issues.
Local pension solutions are often not the answer as, particularly outside of Western Europe and the United States, they may have low contribution limits and investment restrictions, such as statutory requirements to invest in local Government bonds or investment funds. In addition, building up a pension in countries other than where you intend to retire, perhaps in a weak currency, is simply not attractive. For International HR and Compensation and Benefits teams these trends and challenges make it increasingly difficult to provide good quality pension benefits for overseas assignees.
While cost is placing pressure on the traditional expatriate model, the other major factor impacting the face of global mobility is the rapid growth in talent and mobility from the emerging market economies such as India, China and Brazil.
This employee is typically younger than the traditional expatriate and sees working overseas as an essential part of their career development. They are likely to be highly skilled, much sought after and less likely to be committed to one employer and will look to the developing world for opportunities.
This new emerging global talent is unlikely to belong to an occupational pension and is very unlikely to be in a defined benefit arrangement. They will be younger and cash may therefore be a much stronger driver than benefits, making retention more difficult as they move on for the promise of increased income. Importantly, though, they will fare badly from local pension and social security systems, which typically lack portability, resulting in a string of small deferred benefits across a number of countries. Pensions should therefore remain one of the key elements of a good benefit package, not just for the employee’s sake but also to satisfy the increasing pressure on multinationals to be socially responsible and to have a globally consistent approach to benefits.
The number of people on international assignment increased by 25% in the last decade and further growth of 50% is predicted by 2020. Source: PWC Talent Mobility 2020
The International Pension Plan (IPP) has been specifically developed to address the issues faced by companies with globally mobile employees.
Potential retirement provision issues for expatriates
What are the issues? Staying in the home pension plan: • Benefit restrictions.
• Time limits.
• Non alignment with the employee’s planned country of retirement.
Moving to the host country pension plan: • Exposure to currency movements.
• Poor local provision, lack of investment choice.
• Risk of political and economic instability.
• Security against fraud.
The IPP is ideal for: • Employees based in countries without developed
social security systems.
• Employees who work away from home for long periods.
• Voluntary top ups to existing arrangements for senior employees who expect no worse terms and equalisation of benefits with those offered in their home country.
• Career expats where it doesn’t make sense to put them into local contracts.
The IPP is designed for long-term savings and retirement planning. Establishing an IPP avoids the problem faced by mobile employees of having multiple pension pots in several countries, all with different social and labour laws, restrictions on contributions, limited investment options and the risk of local currency movements.
The IPP is competitively priced, has transparent fees and provides access to institutionally priced funds. Flexible plan design enables you to tailor contributions, currency options, fund choices and member communications to suit your business.
About the IPP
Your plan, your way The IPP is flexible and can be adapted to fit most needs. A wide variety of options are available as standard, and these can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.
Flexible plan design • The sponsoring employer can choose to
own the plan or set it up under trust using an independent third party trustee.
• Accounts can be segregated to allow for different types of contributions; employer, employee, voluntary contributions, bonus payments, or others as required.
• Accounts can have a different investment fund range and investment strategy.
• Contributions may be paid at a frequency to fit with the sponsoring employer’s payroll and there is no requirement for contributions to be paid on a regular basis. Ad hoc contributions may be paid at any time.
• Flexible end of service and retirement options, including regular withdrawals.
• Fees may be paid by employees (by unit deduction from their account), by invoice to the employer, or a combination of both.
A choice of international investments The IPP fund range offers funds denominated in multi currencies across a wide range of sectors including money market, mixed asset, regional equity, global equity, fixed income and Sharia funds. It is also possible to add funds upon request subject to Zurich’s governance criteria, and where existing funds are being transferred from another provider, our investment team may be able to facilitate an in-specie transfer to ensure minimum disruption to members.
Due to global relationships Zurich is able to negotiate excellent rebates that are fully passed on to the investor in the form of reduced fund management charges. More cost effective than retail funds, institutionally priced funds are a key requirement for companies with large amounts of funds under management.
Default lifestyle investment strategy The Zurich Lifeprofile is a low cost `lifestyling’ investment option that can be selected as the default investment strategy on the IPP. The tailored strategy reduces investment risk by automatically switching the members’ investments through up to
Multi-currency options The IPP is a multi-currency product which enables companies to design a plan that mirrors the geographical location of the head office, subsidiary offices and individual member locations. The IPP can be set up in any of eleven currencies (Australian Dollar, Euro, Hong Kong Dollar, Japanese Yen, Norwegian Krone, Singapore Dollar, Swedish Krona, Swiss Franc, Sterling, United Arab Emirates Dirham, US Dollar) and benefits can be paid in any freely convertible currency anywhere in the world. A single IPP can be constructed so that each member’s account is configured in the same currency in which their contributions will be paid and in which they will invest in order to eliminate any currency conversion costs. For example, an IPP may have members with accounts denominated in Euro, Sterling, US Dollar and United Arab Emirates Dirham according to the members’ locations and payroll currency.
Multi-payroll options The IPP can receive contributions from multiple payrolls in different locations and/ or different currencies. This enables local HR teams within multinational companies to process the contribution payments for the employees they are responsible for in the local currency, rather than all contributions having to be paid centrally.
five investment portfolios, depending on how long is left until retirement, with each portfolio offering progressively less exposure to risk.
Trust Some employers choose to place their plan under trust and Zurich will work with any third party trustee appointed.
Our experienced implementation and relationship managers support the introduction of new plans by working with the employer to confirm expectations and requirements. Each implementation has its own dedicated implementation manager who will arrange weekly conference calls to track progress and ensure that all the administration and employee data, due diligence documentation and other paperwork requirements are clearly provided and understood.
Support at every step
We understand the complexities of the international corporate savings market and have been dealing with multinational companies of all sizes across all regions for over 30 years.
Comprehensive fund information and analysis available online Plan administrators and members can track investments through the IPP Fund Centre, which provides:
• details of fund prices, charges and various risk rating analysis tools
• fact sheets including performance and holdings data that can be viewed online or printed
• a charting tool that enables members to chart the performance of individual funds against selected indices, sectors and funds.
Easy access online plan administration Plans can be managed online through Zurich International online (ZIO), our secure, internet-based administration system.
ZIO provides:
• round-the-clock, password-protected access for plan administrators
• tiered access levels so that local administrators can only view and manage those member accounts for which they are responsible
• Attitude to Risk Questionnaire and a range of tools to help employees forecast their plan values
• password-protected employee access to view their account(s) and editor rights for their personal details. Employees can also:
– download real-time reports and valuations
– switch and redirect funds
– nominate and update beneficiaries.
Information website (Infosite) Plans may be offered a bespoke Infosite with a range of videos and tools designed to support employees in understanding the benefits of joining the Plan, and determine whether they are saving enough for retirement.
Delivering effective communications Zurich will support the sponsoring employers’ benefits communication plan by offering a range of engaging and effective communications that make it easy for employees to understand and join the plan.
While people’s knowledge of their potential lifespan is growing, they don’t often fully understand the impact on their retirement benefits and how it could affect the amount they need to save. Financially literate individuals are more likely to plan responsibly for their old age, so it’s important to raise awareness to help employees make informed choices and take effective action.
Examples of plan member communications include member brochures, presentations and webinars. Organisations can choose from the range of standard material or tailor material to suit their business.
With Zurich’s expertise and the right communications, your employees will feel comfortable making the transition to their new retirement savings plan.
Establishment Nil Nil
Plan administration Percentage of the total funds under administration each year based on the size of the plan
Invoiced annually or taken monthly by unit deduction
Member administration USD60 per member each year Invoiced annually or taken monthly by unit deduction
Foreign exchange transactions Bloomberg mid-rate adjusted by 0.175 Completed within FX transactions. We obtain mid-rate FX rates from Bloomberg at 12.00pm (UK time) each working day. These rates are adjusted by 0.175% and then used as the basis for all FX transactions for the next working day
Bank transfers – in order to cover fees charged by our bankers, we apply a charge for telegraphic payments
These fees depend on the currency, amount and destination of the transfer proceeds and are subject to minimum and maximum fee levels
Deducted from withdrawal
Withdrawal Nil Nil
Charges from external providers Amount Payment method
Plan adviser fee* x% of the total assets under administration each year Taken by unit deduction from the planholder account either monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or each year and payable to the adviser at the same frequency
Introducer fee* x% of the value of each contribution Deducted from each contribution reducing the allocation percentage of each on a 1:1 basis and payable to the Introducer monthly
Trust fee** The trust fee amount will vary depending upon the trustee appointed
Zurich can facilitate the collection of trust fees by unit deduction only
Annual fund management charge 0.05% – 1.00% Calculated in the daily fund unit price
*These fees may apply where there is a Plan adviser.
**These fees may apply when the Plan is held in Trust.
Zurich provides a comprehensive service in return for the charges outlined in the following table.
A Standard and Poor’s insurer financial strength rating is the current  opinion of the financial security characteristics of an organisation with respect to its ability to pay under its insurance policies and contracts in accordance with their terms and conditions.
As part of the Zurich Insurance Group we work in partnership with our customers both locally and globally and help them to meet a wide range of insurance needs.
Our experience Zurich’s international corporate savings business has been helping companies provide retirement benefits for their employees for over 30 years. We currently have over 640 corporate savings plans, with more than 68,000 plan members in 192 countries, ranging in size from single member plans to those with several thousand members. As a result of this experience, we have a deep understanding of how to deliver the ideal solution, and by seeking and acting on feedback from our customers we are able to develop practical solutions that people value.
The strength, security and experience of Zurich
One of Zurich’s greatest assets has always been our financial strength and this has never been more important than it is today – we are among the top five global insurers in the world and rated AA- by Standard and Poor’s.
The benefit of our legal jurisdiction Zurich International Life (Zurich) is located in the Isle of Man, recognised for its political stability, transparency and financial supervision, including strong regulatory controls and policyholder protection measures. All life assurance companies based on the Island have to be authorised and are closely regulated by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority, which imposes detailed reporting requirements. The Isle of Man is included within the OECD’s ‘white list’ of jurisdictions that are deemed to be co-operative, transparent and internationally responsible.
Planholder protection Investors receive worldwide protection through the Isle of Man’s Life Assurance (Compensation of Policyholders) Regulations 1991 regardless of residency. In the event of insolvency, planholders of the company are entitled to claim compensation of up to 90% of the liability of their plan under the Isle of Man regulations. The protection only applies to the solvency of Zurich and does not extend to protecting the value of assets held within any investment choices linked to the IPP.
Setting up an IPP in Trust A Trust is an arrangement where an individual or Company transfers legal title of an asset, in this case an International Pension Plan (IPP), to individuals or corporations (Trustees).They are then legally obliged to comply with the terms of a mutually agreed contract (the Trust Deed) and ensure that the interest of the beneficiaries of the Trust, are protected, with IPP funds being kept separate from the employer’s assets and therefore not available to creditors.
Taxation Zurich International Life is incorporated in the Isle of Man and does not pay tax in the Isle of Man on capital gains and income attributable to Planholder investments. This means that Plan member investments can grow from year to year virtually tax free, taking advantage of an effect known as ‘gross roll-up. The tax treatment of any contributions into and any benefits taken from the Plan will depend on the Plan members own personal circumstances at the time benefits are taken.
The Isle of Man Government has been at the forefront of implementing rigorous regulation to distance itself from labels like tax haven. The Island imposed some of the strictest anti money laundering requirements and penalties as early as 1985, and these regulations have been continuously improved and updated since then, with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2008 and more recently, The Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Code 2013.
We understand how important it is for you to partner with a provider that you can rely on to deliver, and we’re proud of our heritage in, and commitment to, the employee benefits market.
Since the launch of our first corporate savings plan over 30 years ago, we have continued to provide flexible, tailored retirement savings solutions to some of the world’s best-known companies.
We are one of the few global employee benefits providers that can consistently deliver high quality solutions across group life, disability and group pensions.
Founded in Switzerland in 1872, Zurich is one of the world’s most experienced insurers.
Zurich has met customers’ needs with great attention to service and care throughout its history, evolving from a large Swiss insurer into one of the world’s leading insurance groups. We operate globally and locally, according to our customers’ needs, delivering insurance products and services in more than 192 countries.
Zurich International Life has triumphed at this year’s prestigious `International Fund and Product Awards’ with the IPP winning the `Best International Pension Plan’ category. This is the seventh time in nine years that Zurich’s IPP has won such an award and the third year running.
Zurich was praised by the judges for having a “truly global reach and a strong focus on the international pensions market.”
We are proud to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the international employee benefits market and be recognised by leading industry experts at these awards.
For more information about the IPP please contact your Zurich representative:
UK Mark Belcher Corporate Distribution Manager
Phone: +44 (0) 7580 881512 Email: [email protected]
Asia Pacific and Middle East Peter Cox Head of International Pension Plan Sales, Asia Pacific & Middle East
Phone: +971 (0) 56 179 2376 Email: [email protected]
Europe and other regions Peter Taylor Corporate Distribution Manager
Phone: +44 (0) 1624 691230 Email: [email protected]
Important information Zurich International Corporate Solutions is a business name of Zurich International Life Limited.
Zurich International Life Limited is fully authorised under the Isle of Man Insurance Act 2008 and is regulated by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority which ensures that the company has sound and professional management and provision has been made to protect planholders.
For life assurance companies authorised in the Isle of Man, the Isle of Man’s Life Assurance (Compensation of Policyholders) Regulations 1991, ensure that in the event of a life assurance company being unable to meet its liabilities to its planholders, up to 90% of the liability to the protected planholders will be met.
The protection only applies to the solvency of Zurich International Life Limited and does not extend to protecting the value of the assets held within any unit-linked funds linked to your plan.
Our International Corporate Products are sold through Zurich International Life Limited.
Zurich International Life Limited is not authorised to offer insurance products for sale in the United States.
Zurich International Life Limited is registered in Bahrain under Commercial Registration No. 17444 and is licensed as an Overseas Insurance Firm – Life Insurance by the Central Bank of Bahrain.
Zurich International Life Limited is authorised by the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority.
Zurich International Life Limited is registered (Registration No. 63) under UAE Federal Law Number 6 of 2007, and its activities in the UAE are governed by such law.
Materials are not intended as an offer to invest and do not constitute an offer or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities in any other country or other jurisdiction in which it is unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation.
Calls may be recorded or monitored in order to offer additional security, resolve complaints and for training, administrative and quality purposes.
Zurich International Life Limited provides life assurance, investment and protection products and is authorised by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority.
Registered in the Isle of Man number 20126C.
Registered office: Zurich House, Isle of Man Business Park, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2 2QZ, British Isles.
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